Liam Sheedy believes Sunday's All-Ireland SHC final could hinge on Cork's puck-outs and their ability to find the net.

The former Tipperary manager has seen first hand the damage both the Rebels and Limerick can do this year, having been in the Premier dugout for league and championship clashes respectively against the finalists.

Limerick produced a memorable performance when they overturned a half-time 10-point deficit to sink the Premier in the Munster final and though Sheedy said "they're favourites for every reason", he also pinpointed a key area the Rebels can win to give themselves a chance.

"Looking at Cork I think there's two big things they'll focus on," he tld RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

"Their own puck-outs are a big one for them. When they get the ball they have great skill and pace. Obviously they need the ball to really impose themselves on this formidable Limerick side.

"You have to say Limerick are the one forward line in the country that take the opposition puck-outs personally - they love turning them over. If they turn you over high up the pitch they will do real damage.

"The second thing is Cork's goal threat. I watched the league encounter [between Cork and Limerick] and they had five or six goal chances. They have the potential to score goals. If they're to be victorious on Sunday I think they'll have to hit the back of the net two or three times but I think their forward line has the potential to do that."

Reflecting on the Munster final between his Tipp team and Limerick, Sheedy added: "The key for us was trying to impose our game on Limerick and that is not an easy thing to do.

"If you take that first quarter, we got our hands on the ball 58 times. In the second half Limerick imposed their game plan on us. We only got our hands on the ball 17 times in that third quarter. That shows you the shift.

"Limerick have strength in depth all over the field. They're very comfortable with their game-plan and have good options off the bench. They're favourites for every reason but if they were to have any sort of an off day there's no better team than Cork to capitalise on that."

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The two counties have met twice this year - once in the league and then again in the Munster semi-final, with the Treaty prevailing on both occasions.

Cork have built up a head of steam over the summer however, and it should make for an enthralling decider.

"I think everyone at the start of the year expected Limerick to get there, they were seen as the best team in the country," Sheedy said.

"To be fair to them they've lived up to that billing. They had a really impressive 11-point victory over Waterford in the semi-final and obviously they steamrolled us in the second half of that Munster final.

"Cork have done really well. They won a tight match against Clare and you can't beat winning tight matches. Then there was the extra-time win against Kilkenny and you have to say those two matches were momentum builders.

"They're the two best supported teams in the country also. Forty thousand people will be there on Sunday, the demand for tickets is ferocious and it will feel like a full stadium. I think there'll be an incredible atmosphere. Let's hope we get a game to match it."

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